The arts of weaving, dyeing, and decorating fabrics were developed to a high level of skill and beauty in Japan from a relatively early period. Traditional Japanese attire at its best is distinguished by the quality of the material itself, rather than the tailoring or design. Japan's enduring fascination with kimono has inspired a deep appreciation for fabric and a great deal of interest in how it is produced. Many dyeing and weaving techniques were imported centuries ago and some of these evolved into sophisticated regional manufacturing traditions that are still being employed today.
The word kimono (literally, "clothing") is usually used to refer to the traditional Japanese wrap-around garment, worn by both men and women, with rectangular sleeves, and bound with a sash (obi).

Japanese women do not wear kimonos very often nowadays, but they do wear kimonos at tea ceremonies, the Coming of Age Ceremony (January 15 for all who have turned 20 in the previous year), and at weddings.

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